There is a theory that if you pick up a book and turn to page 69, you will know if the book is interesting or not
so we are putting it to the test...
“I’m not feeling well.”
“Well you better damn well get yourself … up to it. This is my night and I expect you there. The whole town will expect to see you there.”
Annie spent a good part of the night crying and her head felt like it was going to explode. There was no way she felt up to acting on command. “Scott, I can’t.” She started to clear the table from the breakfast dishes.
Scott shot up from his seat and grabbed her arm. Annie spilled the half cup of cold coffee she had just picked up. “You are going. That’s it.”
She tried to pull her arm back. He wouldn’t let go. “Scott, you’re hurting me.”
“You will be there tonight or I will really hurt you.”
“No.” Annie was trying not to cry. “I… just can’t go tonight,”
She struggled to get away. He shoved her and she fell to the ground.
Before Annie could get up, Scott turned to his mother and told her to call the doctor. He held her down. “Okay, you want an excuse not to go?”
Annie could hear Dianne on the phone. “Yes, she tried to hurt herself. Yes, twenty-four hours, yes.”
“We’ll bring her in. Make sure he’s got everything arranged.”
“No, Scott please.”
“Now you don’t have to go anywhere tonight.”
An orderly met Scott and Dianne at the door as they struggled to bring Annie into the facility. Scott forced pills down Annie’s throat at the house and she was no longer speaking clearly. Her protests were incomprehensible rants to bystander ears.
The attending doctor instructed the orderly and a nurse to bring her into a room and use restraints. “Prepare to give her five of Haldol.” The doctor hoped the antipsychotic would help bring her out of her manic behavior. He turned his attention back to the seemingly distraught husband. “How long has she been like this?”
No one believed her when she denied trying to hurt herself. Scott appeared appropriately upset and Dianne comforted him.
“This episode?”Scott looked directly into the doctor’s face. “She’s been off since she got up this morning. We were having breakfast and she went into the kitchen and got a knife…”
“Did she try to attack you or your mother?”
“No. I don’t think that was her intention. At least I didn’t get that impression.” He feigned innocence. “It’s been a while since she’s had an episode like this.”
Annie tried to call Scott a liar but the words wouldn’t come out.
“Do you know if she took anything?” The doctor headed towards the room Annie was in.
“No. I mean she was out of my sight for about a minute or two, that’s when she got the knife.” Scott and his mother followed closely behind.
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